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The Amazing Yerba Mate Herb

 
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The Amazing Yerba Mate Herb
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Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis)
Natural Nutrition


Legends of the Guarani Indians
The natural use of yerbamate' among the native Guarani is for healthful purposes. They use it to boost immunity, cleanse and detoxify the blood, tone the nervous system, restore youthful hair color, retard aging, combat fatigue, stimulate the mind, control the appetite, reduce the effects of debilitating disease, reduce stress, eliminate insomnia, and so forth.

This will explore the properties of yerbamate' in an effort to see if it qualifies for the accolades it has received down through the centuries.



Description Of Yerbamate'
Mate' (Ilex paraquariensis) is an evergreen member of the holly family. It goes by several common names, including Paraguay tea, Jesuit tea, missionary tea and South American holly. It grows wild in Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Brazil, but is most abundant in Paraguay where it is also cultivated.

For many years, and even now, in some sectors, yerbamate' was (is) thought to contain caffeine. It turns out that it contains mateine. A chemical that holds some of the pick me up qualities of caffeine, without the addiction and other problems associated with caffeine. Mateine differs from caffeine in some rather dramatic ways.

The leaves are used nutritionally and medicinally; they are usually ground and steeped in hot water for several minutes and served hot or cold. The plant is classified according to Western herbal medicine as aromatic, stimulant, bitter, aperient, astringent, diuretic, purgative, sudorific, febrifuge, alterative and stimulant, but these terms sometimes miss the mark entirely, as we shall see.



Legality
It is legal throughout the world.



Constituents
Several attempts to characterize part or all of the constituents of mate' have been made during the last few decades. They agree on some points, and disagree on others. This is not unusual; different assay techniques will be sensitive to different nutrients.

The one thing that unites the various assays is the consistent detection of numerous vitamins and minerals. There is the usual array of resins, fiber, volatile oil, and tannins that characterize many plant substances.

But then there is the growing list of vitamins and minerals, including carotene, vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B complex, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin C complex, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, manganese, silicon, phosphates, sulphur, hydrochloric acid, chlorophyll, choline, inositol.

Different assays find different nutrients; there is probably no single assay that has found all of them. There are certainly still other nutrients that have not been identified as yet.

One group of investigators from the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society concluded that mate' contains practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life. They focused especially on pantothenic acid, remarking that it is rare to find a plant with so much of this significant and vital nutrient. It is indeed difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate' in nutritional value.

In addition, mate' contains a substance belonging to a very specialized class of chemical compounds. Though only small amounts of this substance occur in mate', its presence has generated a huge amount of attention. The substance is a xanthine alkaloid called mateine.

Because of all the attention heaped upon its presence in yerbamate', the following fairly extensive treatment is given, even though in reality the substance probably contributes little if anything to the activity of the plant.



Gastrointestinal Properties
Perhaps the main area of application of mate' is the gastrointestinal tract. Reported effects range from the immediate improvement in digestion to the ability to repair damaged and diseased gastrointestinal tissues.

Constipation, acute or chronic, can easily be overcome through the use of mate'. Considering the seriousness of this health problem in the United States and other developed countries, a simple and effective solution such as drinking a pleasant beverage should be a welcome addition to treatment regimens.

Mate' appears to work mainly by softening the fecal mass, but it also appears to stimulate normal peristalsis to some degree.

Before we became acquainted with Yerba mate', three out of the five members of our family suffered from constipation and hemorrhoids. Now that we have added mate' to our daily diet, not one of us suffers from either of these problems.

Sometimes, hemorrhoidal relief can also be obtained through drinking the tea, since the bowel movement will reduce the pressure on blood vessels caused by the hard stool.

Dieters use mate' to suppress the appetite, while providing necessary nutrition, energy and improved elimination to compensate for a reduction in ingested calories.



Usage Recommendations
One effective method is to drink 2-3 cups per day for 4-5 days. Another approach is to steep about two tablespoons 4-5 minutes in 16-32 ounces of water, and drink this daily, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Dieters drink one cup of tea 10-15 minutes before meals.

For several years I have had to take antacids because of a digestive problem. I have discovered that when I drink Yerba mate' daily, I do not have any need for medications. I feel so much better! I seem to have much more energy too.

I have recently discovered that...yerbamate' (3 cups a day) is absolutely remarkable in helping patients of mine lose weight quickly and safely... an average of 10 pounds in less than 3 weeks WITHOUT changing their normal diet or doing any extra exercise other than 20 minutes of walking every day.

Other advantages...: reduction of allergies, firmer and smoother skin tone, increased energy levels and increased circulation...



Mate', Fatigue and the Nervous System
Better than any other xanthine alkaloid, mate' has the ability to quicken the mind, increase mental alertness and acuity, and do it without any side effects such as nervousness and jitters. These observations have been made time and again by qualified medical experts as well as by the lay user.

The effects of mate' on the nervous system are varied and not very well understood. The best guess is that it acts like a tonic, stimulating a weakened and depressed nervous system, and calming an over excited one. Certainly the nutritional value of the plant cannot be overlooked as a possible substrate for improved health and function.

Out knowledge of mate's effects are currently limited almost exclusively to observations on gross changes in behavior: such as an increase in energy and vitality, better ability to concentrate, less nervousness, agitation and anxiety, and increased resistance to both physical and mental fatigue.

Since I've been drinking (mate') tea, I have found energy I didn't know I had. I generally feel better...I was sluggish, had headaches daily and basically was rundown.

I tried different vitamins but none of them seemed to work.The tea has relieved all of my problems and most of all I feel better knowing that it is completely natural, no harsh drugs or stimulants.

The (mate') tea does produce a feeling of general well being and is a reliable pick me up. It literally conquers fatigue! We love to drink it in the morning to start our day out refreshed without consuming unhealthy amounts of caffeine or sugar.

Cardiovascular Effects
Heart ailments of all kinds have been treated and/or prevented through yerbamate; use. Yerbamete' supplies many of the nutrients required by the heart for growth and repair. In addition, it increases the supply of oxygen to the heart, especially during periods of stress or exercise.

This prevents the onset of lactic acid build-up and fatigue that occur when cellular oxygen levels fall below a critical point and low-energy producing, anaerobic glycolysis sets in.

I am 65 years old and have been suffering with blockage of the arteries. One of the arteries in my neck was closed 50% and the other one 45%. After drinking these teas for several weeks my doctor informed me that the arteries were both open and almost normal (and) that my heart is also now functioning almost normally (and) that I should discontinue the pills for circulation and the pills for the arteries.

Mate also belongs to that class of herbal medicines called alternatives. That is, it seems to be continually striving to rid the blood of waste materials and miscellaneous toxins.



Effects On The Immune System
A consistent observation in most South American literature on mate' is that it increases the immune response capability of the body, stimulating the natural resistance to disease. This also involves a nourishing and strengthening effect on the ill person, both during the course of the illness and during convalescence, sometimes dramatically accelerating recovery times.

Exact mechanisms of action have not been worked out, but they must certainly involve both a direct antimicrobial action against certain infectious organisms, and a general nonspecific effect on overall resistance. The nutritional content of the plant probably plays a major role here, but it is also probable that other constituents contribute to the action by stimulating the production and activity of white blood cells.

The thing we appreciate most about the mate' is that we have found that all of us are not sick as often as we used to be, and when we do catch a bug it is not as severe or long term as it was before... We believe this is due to the high nutrient content of the tea.



Nutritional Properties
As discussed in the section on constituents, mate' contains a wide variety of essential nutrients. The interactions and synergy among these nutrients have never been systematically studied. But the stories surrounding the nutritional applications of mate' tea are nothing short of amazing.

Mate' is often used as a staple food, sometimes substituting for such important foods as bread and vegetables. It is easily capable of eliminating the sensation of hunger, and can impart a similar invigoration as a full meal.

Peace Corps workers have reported cases in which large groups of natives remain in good health for extended periods of drought and famine, even though they eat only one small meal per day.

How so? By drinking copious amounts of yerbamate' tea. Some natives spend their entire lives on such a diet, and live to very advanced ages, sometimes in excess of 100 years.

South American governments have adopted the practice of encouraging mothers, especially in the poorer regions, to include yerbamate' in the diet of their school age children.

...I began drinking yerbamate' after about a three year illness. At the time I was at a point of pretty good recovery, but was having so much trouble with tenseness, sleeping or even resting. I...began taking four to six cups a day.

I was overjoyed when within 24 to 48 hours, I was able to lay down and actually rest and drop off to sleep. Much to my surprise, within about three weeks my hair...started to perk up, gain body and return to normal.

North American and European missionaries sent to the river forests of Paraguay and Brazil routinely report periods where they themselves have gone for months at a time subsisting only on yerbamate' tea with no observable ill effects other than some weight loss.

Sailors routinely use mate' to prevent scurvy, but that alone doesn't signify a great deal. Much more interesting are reports of mate's ability to increase the sailors' ability to adapt to the hot, humid, stultifying environments of furnace rooms, galleys, boiler rooms, etc.

In fact, this is an extraordinary attribute of mate' in general. One of the best ways to adapt to the jungle climate of South America is the frequent drinking of mate' tea
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But most of all, it's delicious.
It's good to be open-minded, just don't let your brain fall out.
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I love it ,thank you for all this info.I will like to find a place that i can order it, at a good price.
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this soda has too much sugar though
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I drink it hot every am


better than coffee
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Celestial Seasons used to have a blend called Morning Thunder, which was a blend of black tea and yerba mate. Tasty stuff, but I haven't seen it in years.
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I like Yerba Mate. It has the nice comforting taste of shoe leather. Which sounds crazy, but it's nice, familiar shoe-leather taste puts me in a calm, reassured state of mind.

And I think to myself, it could taste *a lot* worse.
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It's yummy!
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Been drinking it for about 10 years.
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Great post OP! hf
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Used to drink it in Paraguay. Burned the hell out of my lips sipping it hot through a metal straw.
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I've been looking for the stuff and can't find it around here. 10,000 types of tea and no yerba mate.
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thanks for the info i'll try it
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Good article keep posting...

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I love it ,thank you for all this info.I will like to find a place that i can order it, at a good price.
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I buy this brand because its loose and organic.
I brew it in my percolator and drink it hot and cold,
sweetened with a little stevia-

Yerba Mate-
[link to www.iherb.com]

Liquid Stevia-
[link to www.iherb.com]

I agree it has really helped me feel good,
if not great, and a little goes a long way,
and a lot is a stash...one of these bags
filled a gallon glass jug and I vacuum sealed
the rest for a refill.

Shipping is free from iherb with a $40 purchase
although is only 4 bucks no matter how big the
order otherwise. If you use the promo code BES696,
its good for $5 off your first order!

.:. to your health .:.

hf
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I love it ,thank you for all this info.I will like to find a place that i can order it, at a good price.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 350912


I buy this brand because its loose and organic.
I brew it in my percolator and drink it hot and cold,
sweetened with a little stevia-

Yerba Mate-
[link to www.iherb.com]

Liquid Stevia-
[link to www.iherb.com]

I agree it has really helped me feel good,
if not great, and a little goes a long way,
and a lot is a stash...one of these bags
filled a gallon glass jug and I vacuum sealed
the rest for a refill.

Shipping is free from iherb with a $40 purchase
although is only 4 bucks no matter how big the
order otherwise. If you use the promo code BES696,
its good for $5 off your first order!

.:. to your health .:.


Thanks for the code!

hf
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it stains my teeth terribly
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I love it ,thank you for all this info.I will like to find a place that i can order it, at a good price.
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[snip]

Shipping is free from iherb with a $40 purchase
although is only 4 bucks no matter how big the
order otherwise. If you use the promo code BES696,
its good for $5 off your first order!

.:. to your health .:.


Thanks for the code!

hf
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1637005


you are welcome--also there are plenty of other
Yerba Mate products there which include bagged,
flavored and instant Mate. I easily like it as
much as my coffee now!

[link to www.iherb.com]

coffeecup
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bump
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I drink it hot every am


better than coffee
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Check the cancer link...worth exploring I think.
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I always brew it along with Mint... Try adding about 20% Mint and a bit of honey or agave syrup. I have been brewing a whole pitcher's worth and then refigerating it for a awesome ice tea!!!

PS - I did this to copy the Guayaki brand's "Pure Empowermint". It's my favorite!!!

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Bump it loud, for all to hear OP :) :)
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Bump it again... shills burying it real quick with their own thread saying that Yerba causes cancer, the nerve.
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i prefer coca^
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you can get a kilo for about 6-8$ at asian-latin grocery stores.....the brazilian ones are better than argentinian IMO, howeverr cruz de ,alta barand is not bad if you only have argentinian.....get the loose leaf only no sticks first but the ones with stems aint bad i just finished a bag....just dont scald your lips and throat constantly once you become addicted....

hint- drink it after coffee for a much better alchemical groove....it takes the nasty jitters out of coffee and turns the energy into a nice cruise...
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you can get a kilo for about 6-8$ at asian-latin grocery stores.....the brazilian ones are better than argentinian IMO, howeverr cruz de ,alta barand is not bad if you only have argentinian.....get the loose leaf only no sticks first but the ones with stems aint bad i just finished a bag....just dont scald your lips and throat constantly once you become addicted....

hint- drink it after coffee for a much better alchemical groove....it takes the nasty jitters out of coffee and turns the energy into a nice cruise...
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oops. thats cruz de malta brand....if brazilian not available....
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just discovered it recently (thanks to GLP) and i am In Love



so delicious and healthy
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This is so interesting. Does Yerba Mate interact or affect meds/other supplements? Is it safe to use over a long period or does it accumulate in the body?

Thanks

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